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FAQ

 

We are thrilled to be designing a wide range of original, upcycled learning toys, games and activities for you! Get to know Tiny Toy Co.

 

WHAT IS TINY TOY CO.?

Tiny Toy Co. is the brainchild of teacher-librarian and literacy expert Rebecca Saha. We collect, corral, and curate unwanted toy "debris" to give it a second life, as part of upcycled early learning activities.

We design and create play-based educational games for young children using upcycled loose parts for learning. Our original activities all come with lesson plans, including adaptations to make them less or more challenging for primary school learners.

We refurbish and extend the life of high-quality, educational games and play sets through parts replacement. Our "reverse bulk store" approach also allows us to combine individual pieces of great toys like Lego, Duplo, K'Nex, Jenga, Thomas the Train / Brio, Snap Circuits, and more, until new sets are created!

Together, we can tackle toy waste and create literacy, instead of litter.

 

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? DO YOU SHIP TO MY AREA?

Tiny Toy Co. is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our delivery and shipping options now include:

  • FREE curbside pickup from 18 Elliott Avenue
  • FREE contactless Local Delivery of orders over $40 to Toronto postal codes starting in M
  • FREE shipping across Canada of orders over $80
  • At-cost, calculated shipping to anywhere in Canada and the contiguous United States

  

DO YOU ACCEPT RETURNS OR EXCHANGES?

No. Due to the unique nature of our products, and their excellent but secondhand condition, we do not accept returns or exchanges on items for which the condition and contents were fully disclosed in the product listing.

 

WHAT IS UPCYCLING?

Upcycling is the creative reuse of existing objects in new ways, for new purposes. The phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle," is a prioritized list. The best way to tackle our global toy waste problem is to buy fewer things in the first place, and to choose more carefully. Many toys are made of mixed materials and cannot be effectively recycled. Tiny Toy Co. creatively repurposes tiny toy waste into upcycled learning activities, diverting these items from the landfill.

 

HOW DO I GET MY TOY DEBRIS TO YOU FOR UPCYCLING?

When COVID-19 resolves, we hope to reopen the collection bins in our favourite bricks & mortar partner shops. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, you can donate your tiny toy debris for upcycling in one of these 3 ways. 

  1. Arrange a free, contactless pick up of your unwanted toys debris with Local Delivery of any Toronto order. Use the message box at checkout to let us know!
  2. Make a contactless drop-off to us here at 18 Elliott Avenue, in Etobicoke,  any day or time -- no notification required. Please use tightly-tied, transparent recycling bags.
  3. Mail your toy debris to TINY TOY CO., 18 ELLIOTT AVENUE, ETOBICOKE, ON, M8X 2P8

 

WHAT DO YOU ACCEPT?

Tiny Toy Co. accepts unwanted small toys and game pieces, diverting them from landfill, and creating original, upcycled learning activities. 

We especially love to reuse magnetic letters and realistic tiny toys that represent things that pre-readers and early readers can name: plastic animals, dollhouse furniture & accessories, American Girl doll accessories, and other realistic tiny things.

We also accept incomplete games, and game pieces, by educational brands like eeBoo, Thinkfun, Smart Games, and Blue Orange, as well as classic board games like Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Boggle, Chutes & Ladders, and more.

We collect and "Re-Bulk" individual pieces of systems like: Lego, Duplo, K'nex, Meccano, Lincoln Logs, Bananagrams, Jenga, Thomas & Friends, Playmobil, Goldie Blox, Snap Circuits, Magformers, and similar.

Yes, we accept sand & water toys, as well as Play Doh tools!

Yes, we accept McDonald's toys and Kinder Surprise shells!

As a basic rule of thumb, the only thing we DON'T accept is broken plastic pieces and LOL balls.


CAN MY GROUP HOST A TOY DEBRIS COLLECTION DRIVE?

If your school, club, or community group want to get involved, that's exciting! Contact us at info@tinytoyco.com and we'll set you up with a shareable poster (a printable .pdf and a .jpg for electronic newsletters/social media.) Getting kids involved in solving the global toy waste crisis is a big part of what we do.

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH TOY DEBRIS YOU CAN'T USE?

As a green business whose mandate is to disrupt the global toy waste crisis, thanks for asking! We carefully research recycling, reuse, and donation opportunities for every item placed in our collection boxes. We do our very best -- which is pretty darned good, if we do say so ourselves! Follow @tinytoyco on social media, where we share lots of great info about how we responsibly reuse, recycle and redirect unwanted toys and toy plastics.

 

DO YOU DO WORKSHOPS & PUBLIC SPEAKING EVENTS?

Teacher-librarian and Tiny Toy Co. founder Rebecca Saha and our growing team of licensed elementary educators are available for workshops with groups of school-aged kids (K-12) during school day afternoons, after school, and on weekends. Age-appropriate activities include learning about upcycling, and the global toy waste crisis through play-based, hands-on activities: sorting tiny toys, testing games and activities, working as a think tank to design new uses for tiny toys, and organizing a collection drive following the workshop. Middle school and high school groups can also learn about the process of running an eco business. Contact us at info@tinytoyco.com for pricing and scheduling details.

 

HOW DO YOU PRICE YOUR TOYS & LEARNING ACTIVITIES?

Whether we have put something together through patient accumulation of "lost & found" pieces in our (Re)Bulk bins, or whether we have combined multiple sets to refurbish incomplete toys, or whether we have created a totally unique educational activity using upcycled toy pieces, there is a huge investment of time , labour, and professional teaching expertise behind each Tiny Toy Co. product.

Mass-produced, low-quality toys are impossible for us to price-match, given the labour-intensive nature of our toy rescue process. Our pricing model model lists high-quality educational toys and books at half their original price, aiming to strike a balance between accessibility, and respect for the physical and creative labour involved in our process. 

 

IS TINY TOY CO. A REGISTERED CHARITY?

Tiny Toy Co. is a social enterprise business, rather than a registered charity. That means that we are a different kind of business, personally collecting and diverting thousands of kg of toy waste away from landfills and waterways, as well as using our platform and a portion of our profit to effect social change. We are fuelled by volunteer support, donated materials, and voluntary contributions to our TerraCycle fund for the mechanical recycling of toy plastics which we are unable to reuse.

 

Still have questions? Contact us at info@tinytoyco.com and someone will be happy to help!